A family holiday in Colombia

A family holiday in Colombia

The name may suggest drug cartels and violence but the reality is a scenic, friendly country escaping its past

It is nearly midnight when I hear a knock on my hotel door. At first I am alarmed. I am alone with my three young children (my husband is not joining us for several days) in Cartagena, Colombia, a country that doesn’t feature on most lists of family-friendly destinations.

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20 best secret British isles

20 best secret British isles

England

1. St Martin’s Isles of Scilly Only 120 people live on St Martin’s, one of the lesser-known Isles of Scilly, so it’s surprising to hear that it is also home to a flower farm, a vineyard, an artisan bakery, art gallery, pub and diving school. Plus, you’ll find some of the best beaches in Britain, such as the one in the intriguingly named Bread and Cheese Cove. There’s a range of places to stay, from a campsite and cottages through to a guesthouse and the reopened Karma St Martin’s hotel, which has 30 slightly chintzy rooms. Details: Hotel rooms cost £225 a night in the summer, for two sharing, or £320 for a suite for four (karmaresorts.com). For other accommodation, see visitislesofscilly.com

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